Mathys Schoevaerdts (1665; 1702) attributed, Village festival in Flanders
Panel of 47.5 cm by 38 cm
Very beautiful and important old frame of 68 cm by 59 cm
This very beautiful panel, attributed to Mathys Schoevaerdt, projects us into 17th century Flanders in the middle of village festivals. We are probably at Easter.
Our eye is lost with delight in this string of characters represented with great attention to detail and great thoroughness in the realization.
Mathys Schoevaerdts or Matthijs Schoevaerdts (c. 1665/1667 - after 1702)
He is mainly known for his landscapes with trees, seascapes and genre scenes. It begins in the tradition of Jan Brueghel the elder and evolves into the style of the Nordic landscapers.
We have few details about the life of Mathys Schoevaerdts. The first data on the artist date from 1682, the year he began his apprenticeship with the landscape painter Adriaen Frans Boudewyns.
Mathys Schoevaerdts was admitted as master of the Brussels guild of Saint-Luc in 1690. He was dean of the guild from 1692 to 1696.
Its landscapes are filled with anecdotes and delicately painted scenes of peasants engaged in an activity such as traveling, leading a boat or going to a fair. His early works show the influence of market views and other crowded scenes by Jan Brueghel the Elder. He had the same preference for the use of light blues and delicate greens as Brueghel. Jan Brueghel the Elder began the tradition of landscape painting with decorative scenes at the beginning of the 17th century. His style strongly marked the 18th century for the following generations of Flemish painters: Isaak vanOosten, Peter Gesels, Adriaen Frans Boudewyns, Peter Bout, les Bredael, BalthasarBeschey, Carel Beschey, Théobald Michau ...
The bucolic sense of happiness is typical of all their landscapes, with their small figures in anecdotal poses.
Due to the similarity of their subjects and styles, Schoevaerdts' unsigned compositions have been confused with those of his masters Adriaen Frans Boudewijns and Pieter Bout.
Schoevaerdts' compositions are usually filled with figures. The groups of figures are individualized and carefully observed. He sometimes introduced elements of fantasy into his compositions by including exotic-looking Turkish merchants in Flemish village scenes. He gradually developed a personal style in which the events and scenes depicted are rendered with particular precision.
He sometimes collaborated with his master Boudewyns and with other artists such as Ferdinand Dupont (1660-1712), who provided the figures in his landscapes. His brother Frans Schoevaerdts was also an active painter in Brussels at the beginning of the 18th century. Together, the brothers created idealized, vivid and animated classical landscapes.